Claiming that an alarming situation had been created in West Bengal since the results of the Assembly elections were announced on May 13, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday called for an immediate end to the attacks on supporters and offices of the Left parties.
“On counting day, even as the votes were being counted, news of attacks across the State came pouring in…We are facing a new kind of attack. The first phase was when they gained control over or broke down hundreds of our party offices – hoisting their party flags in place of the red flags. Then began the attacks on our supporters – 12 persons have been killed so far,” Mr. Bhattacharjee told a rally organised by the Left Front to protest the ‘anti-people’ polices of the Centre and the attacks on the Left parties.
Mr. Bhattacharjee also pointed to another “absurd occurrence” – the recovery of arms wrapped in red flags from party offices of the CPI(M).
“The Trinamool Congress leaders and the police are jointly going to the CPI (M) party offices to conduct raids. Together they are unearthing weapons. This is a dangerous situation and the administration should call an immediate halt to this,” he said.
He said the people would never believe these claims arising from raids conducted jointly by a political party and the police. This was “unacceptable.”
The former Chief Minister outlined the future agenda of the Left Front, which will be in the Opposition for the first time in 34 years.
“We know that the elections are over and the Left Front has been defeated. But even in the face of these attacks we know that one crore and ninety-five lakh people of West Bengal voted for us,” he said. Hindu